Social Eating House

4.3
1879 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Set in the heart of Soho, Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu in an informal, buzzing setting. The third restaurant from celebrated chef Jason Atherton, it won a Michelin star within six months of opening under Chef Patron Paul Hood. The restaurant is split across three levels, with cocktail bar The Blind Pig on the first floor (perfect for pre or post-dinner drinks), the restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the basement kitchen, where guests can watch their meal cooked before them.

Special Offers

5 courses with bubbly on arrival: £75

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 9 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

3 courses: £28

From a Set menu. A booking for the offer is essential otherwise the restaurant shall assume that the booking is for the a la carte menu. Please note that last orders for the pre-theatre menu are at 6:45 p.m. £38 with carafe to share but the food alone without cocktail or carafe is £28 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 18:00-18:30

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1879 People Are Saying
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A
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent unfortunately we had to wait a long time with service.

Thankfully they removed the service charge and were very apologetic however the small details could really improve this establishment

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents anniversary

BW
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, one of the best meals I’ve had for a while. However, the service was a little slow and the noise level was a bit high.

RD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food on the 3-course set course lunch menu, attentive and friendly staff who gave us an anniversary card and delicious cake to take home and enjoy.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Awful. Server forgot to put in order. When asked didn’t seem to care.

PB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The excellent restaurant used to be one of our favourite but it’s badly let down by its chaotic front of house management. We were early and wanted a drink in the bar upstairs - thus used to be a simple case of going up and finding a seat if one was available. Now it’s been turned into a convoluted process of screening by headphone wearing people, a wait in a dark corridor before being admitted to the semi deserted bar and moved from one spot to another as there was some sort of panic about optimising each table to the last minute. This created a really terrible impression which sadly reflected on the whole evening. Folks, we spend £70 on two rounds of drinks that you nearly prevented us from having. The place was half empty. Get over yourselves! We might return to the restaurant but the whole bar experience never again

h
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food. The crab starter was the star.

Lovely touch with the birthday card and cake too

Will definitely be back

AN
Munich
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was really good - especially the starters (Scallop and Crab) and main course (Turbot and Sirloin). Dessert was good but a bit of a letdown (compared to starter and mains). Atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and relaxed.
The service at the restaurant was below par! When we arrived, our table was not ready and we were taken up to the bar (would recommend heading up there!). As soon as we ordered our drinks, we were told our table was ready and we should head down. We went down and waited (just standing between tables!) a good 5-10 mins staring at the other diners till someone guided us to our table. The table we were seated at was in a corner and it got really hot and stuffy (I was well-done at the end of the meal!). There were also really long gaps (15-20 mins) before we were offered a menu and were kept waiting for over 30 mins in between courses. At the bar upstairs, our waiter was great and offered recommendations while down at the main restaurant, we got a hopeless shrug when we asked for recommendations - 'all dishes are good' he said!
Overall though....the food more than made up for the tardy service but with better service, I would be back sooner!

K
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We booked Social Eating House for our anniversary dinner. Having eaten an amazing meal at Social on Pollen Street previously, we were excited to try this restaurant. Unfortunately our expectations were not met, the food was good but not outstanding, especially when considering the price. The service was below par, very slow and despite informing the restaurant that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary we received no special treatment, not even a congratulations. We were left waiting on being seated at the table for a longer than acceptable period and on several occasions when we wanted to order more drinks.
This restaurant is nice, but doesn’t meet expectations for a finer dining experience.

E
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decent set menu and good opportunity to be able to try a restaurant otherwise inaccessible due to price point of the a la carte.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Good wine selection. Nice atmosphere, especially the Blind Pig for an aperitif on the first floor.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service, good vibe and wonderful food, what's not to like?

RB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing lunch (fix Prix) at Social yesterday. I was amazed at the quality of the food given the ridiculous price of £22 for 2 courses!! Also the staff, every one of them were excellent. Good humoured, attentive and professional. You don’t always get this. Well done to the whole team.

CM
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They took great care of us and made a real effort to make the evening special as it was our anniversary ❤️ will always recommend this place

LE
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for our anniversary and had a great evening. We had the seasonal tasting menu including cheese and all courses were delicious. The sommelier (Daniele) had put together a very interesting wine pairing with several wines from lesser known regions all of which worked well with the various dishes - he explained very well the various tasting notes and how it fitted with the food.
The place is charmingly rustic but with the service of a Michelin restaurant - attentive but not so much it gets annoying.
Our only small critique was that the food portions are on the small side that we had to ask for some more bread (which was happily provided, so we did leave full).

FM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Went for dinner with my girlfriend the table was not ready even though we had a reservation waited 20 mins then we go a seat. We ordered a starter to share we didn’t even get extra plates had to move the plate around . After we finished it took 20 mins for the waitress to collect the dish but the bread and butter plates stayed empty. After this we waited 1 hour to get our mains. We told the waitress how called the manager she wasn’t able to apologise and just said I will check with the kitchen. Then we finally go the dishes food was very good indeed but by that time after waiting 1 hour the night was ruined . When the bill came the restaurant didn’t charge the service costs and a dessert but still it was a dinner for 2 above 100 pounds that turned into a terrible experience hopefully this won’t happen to others.

AH
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the set menu as a pre theatre meal and it was excellent and very good value. The service was friendly and efficient and we were made very welcome. During the meal each dish was explained to us as it arrived and the senior staff made sure that they kept us happy without being intrusive. My only regret is that we had not allowed ourselves enough time to fully relish the experience but never mind as it just means that we will have to come back again to do the menu justice.

N
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had such a lovely dinner. Great service, with phenomenal food. We matched the wine with each dishes. We would love to come back again for next special occasion.

MG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I visited the Social Eating House for a catch up with a good friend and we had a really lovely time. We had both wanted to visit for a long time and were not disappointed. We both opted for the prix fixe menu which is fantastic value for money including both wine and cocktail options. I had the duck terrine and plaice for main which was really beautifully done. The restaurant itself is really beautifully designed and has a lovely ambience. My only criticism is that the service was a little slow at points, we waited over 20 minutes after ordering for our drinks and at one point the sommelier was talking to another table behind us whilst leaning onto the back of my chair which I thought was slightly inappropriate. Other than that I would really recommend!

y
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant that you don’t know about. We will return to the restaurant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time , service was great , the food was amazing . We would definitely recommend this place

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as expected, our waiter was quite loud and in our face but overall a nice experience.

AS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fixed menu was excellent. Gazpacho soup was fresh yet complex. Steak to follow was well flavored and the "chips" we're decadent. Desert was fresh and fun. However the most outstanding element was by far the service. Attentive, engaging, thoughtful, playful, and on the ball. Every guest is treated like royalty, every employee a consummate professional. I left my shopping bag after my experience blew me away and they quickly called to tell me I'd left it. I'd also called to let them know I'd be arriving late and they were able to accommodate. Many thanks!

HG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was to noisy for the 3 of us to have a coversation, it totally ruined the experience og the ability to enjoy the meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was excellent - wine selection was excellent and atmosphere was just right. Definitely coming back - staff were superb. This is new favourite. Good for vegetarians as well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely treat

SJ
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food but service was over complicated, very fussy and a constant interruption to what should have been a nice dinner with family, and despite all the effort we still didn’t have the right cutlery when the mains arrived!!!!
When I booked I was clear it was a pre theatre booking and we would need to be through quickly, I was assured this would be ok but alas we had to leave before the desserts arrived (which had been paid for!)
I love other Jason Atherton restaurants but this was a let down

LP
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food was outstanding - only slightly negative to the meal was the restaurant was very warm and uncomfortable at times but not a distraction from the meal itself

TF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lamb best I'd had. Dessert was the best ice cream I'd ever had also.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Over complex food. Well presented, good service but v loud and lacking any intimacy

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, the staff were polite and helpful. Interior was good and ambience was good too. However, the food wasn't too great

b
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A brilliant meal from start to finish! Everything was delicious from the pre-theatre set menu, service was very warm and friendly, and efficient too. A very good value meal with no faults.

N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

To be served fish as a vegetarian is not ideal.

AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went for the set lunch menu and it’s an excellent value for money! It was £28 for 3 courses and i was so full i couldn’t finish my meal. Food and cocktails were both amazing!

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, presentation & taste were amazing. Attentive service and fantastic selection of wines available.

a
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great and relaxed environment for occasions or just to have dinner. The service was excellent and food great for those that don't like their plates piled high!

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch menu with good choices. Amazing wine list of you pay for it. Great staff. Highly recommend.

LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Starter and main course were fantastic, service was excellent and attentive. The dessert was interesting! I had the fixed course lunch, and didn’t appreciate getting ripped off with the bill.

SM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Social eating house still has one of the best set lunches anywhere in London - 3 courses and a (very good) cocktail for £36 is hard to beat. The food is always excellent, with a nice rotating menu and the drinks are a blast. That said I find their sweet desserts can be a bit average, so better to opt for the cheese course in lieu.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This restaurant just didn’t have their act together. Poor service, food lacked creativity and flavor. We waited over 1 hour to get just our apps.

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